Sorry for the lack of updates! I do not have much news – school has been keeping be busy! I am still working primarily on the hip joint. I think I have one more idea that I want to try, and if that does not work I am going to push aside the perfectionist in my head that is constantly yelling at me and just do are more generic joint that should still be acceptable (though that should still take me a while to get just right). I feel like the hip is the most important joint on a doll so I want it to be prefect, but I obviously have to finish something at some point and I am not sure that it is even possible to fulfill all of my requirements. I really want my doll to be able to bring her knee up to her chest (and ideally do a split), move her legs together enough to cross them, and move them as far apart as possible (like a straddle). Getting this to work isn’t that hard – what is hard is getting these things to work while still looking smooth and not having huge gaps. Her leg is not a perfect cylinder, so just sticking a ball on top ruins the curve of her legs and that is not something I am willing to compromise. I have yet to see a doll with a natural looking hip/butt area and it is something that I really want to accomplish, but there is a reason why they don’t seem to exist. The hip is also the most important part when it comes to stability, so that is another factor I have to keep in mind. Once the hip is done the rest should not take too long. I do want to see if I can create a natural elbow joint, but I think I have a design in mind that will work.
I know I am getting ahead of myself, but since the hip is making me angry, I have been having some fun designing my packaging, as you can see with my render. I don’t know what is practical, since boxes can get very expensive, but I really want fancy packaging. I am hoping to make them with a drawer that pulls out. I tend to keep my dolls in their boxes, and opening these huge boxes with a typical lid is very annoying. I figure a drawer would be much more convenient – the boxes could be stacked on top of each other and it would be super easy to open. I also want to just line the box in foam instead of having a cutout to fit the body (the pink part in the picture). This way people can store their dolls without having to undress them. The dolls could be secured with ribbon/elastic at the neck, wrists, ankles, and waist (and probably also thighs and arms) for shipping (I’d obviously have to test to see if this was safe). I’d also like to sew black lace pockets on the sides to store small stuff. The draw on the top would be for instructions and other paper stuff (probably certificates and stickers and what not). The main reason it is there though it because I needed space for the top layer of foam anyway, so this just sits nicely there (the shelf part is halfway though the thickness, with the foam secured in the space on the bottom). I’m also thinking the color of the foam (I’ll probably have pretty fabric over it) and the knobs could be changed for collection sets, and maybe even different knobs for people with multiple dolls to easily tell the boxes apart.
I also apologize for the speed of my site – it has been going very slow for me and I have yet to figure out the reason. It seems to get a lot worse after I changed some things, but I am having trouble figuring out why.